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2022 Kia K5 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Picture of the 2022 Kia K5

2022 Kia
K5

MSRP*: $23,790 to $31,190
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $23,097 to $29,690 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 24 - 29 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 38 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 180-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 290-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 180 - 290 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 193.1 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 73.2 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 46.1 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 38.4 - 40.2 in
Rear 37.4 - 37.8 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Kia K5, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia K5 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Convenience
The Kia K5 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia K5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia K5 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia K5 is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia K5, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Kia K5 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia K5 is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Kia K5 has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia K5 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia K5 than that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.